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Research sheds new light on EWU professor’s Antarctic dino-discovery
For instance, ankles told Eastern Washington University paleontologist Judd Case that the dinosaur he discovered in Antarctica in 2004 is more primitive than its relatives, such as the velociraptors made famous by “Jurassic Park.”
Case and his former student, Ricardo Ely, have submitted a paper for publication outlining the discovery and explaining for the first time how it fits in with other known species of dinosaurs.
The discovery was far from a full skeleton: just part of a left foot and leg. But there’s a lot paleontologists can learn from a few bones.
Case’s find is a deinonychosaur, the group of dinosaurs most closely related to birds without being birds themselves. Based on where it was found, it’s thought to be about 71 million years old, putting its time frame toward the end of the Late Cretaceous period.
That period ended about 65 million years ago, when dinosaurs became extinct.
The bones of many other dinosaurs from around the same period have been found in the same area of James Ross Island.
“This area has been really rich in giving us a view of life at the end of the Cretaceous before the dinosaurs check out,” Case said.” (…) READ MORE
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